"Flopped" cookies

"Flopped" cookies

Make two batches of oatmeal cookies. (The first one will flop, but it makes good ice cream topping.)

Discussion point: The importance of obeying God, and your parents.

Make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with your children. Use the recipe for “Family Favourite Oatmeal Cookies” provided below, or another recipe of your own choosing.

Next, make a second, smaller batch of cookies that don’t turn out well. Use a recipe of your own, being sure to double the quantity of oil, or follow the recipe for “Sure-to-Flop Cookies” provided below. The increased proportion of oil will make the cookies meld together on the cookie sheet. (Don’t worry, the “flopped” cookies won’t be wasted; they can be crumbled up and used as an ice cream topping.)

When you are making the second batch, tell your children that you are “making it up as you go.”

After you have compared the success of the two batches of cookies and while you are sampling the cookies, talk to your children about the importance of following instructions. Use this to lead into a discussion on the importance of following God’s instructions. Close your time by praying that God would help you follow His instructions found in the Bible.

Questions for discussion
  • What did I do right the first time?
  • What went wrong with the second batch?
  • Where do we find God’s instructions?
  • What does the Bible say about children obeying their parents?
  • What is the promise for children who do obey their parents?
Relevant Scripture

Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on
earth.’ ”

Family Favourite Oatmeal Cookies

¾ cup butter or margarine
¾ cup apple sauce
2 cups brown sugar
4 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
⅔ cup milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
6 cups quick cooking oatmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups chocolate chips

  • Mix the first six ingredients in a large bowl with a hand mixer.
  • Add flour and oatmeal, then sprinkle the salt, baking powder and baking soda on top.
  • Mix with the hand mixer again. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop in teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375 ˚F for 15-20 minutes.

Sure-to-Flop Cookies

⅔ cup oil
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
¼ cup milk
½ cup whole wheat flour
1½ cups rolled oats
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup chocolate chips

  • Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl with a hand mixer.
  • Add flour and rolled oats, then sprinkle the salt, baking powder and baking soda on top.
  • Mix with the hand mixer again. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop in teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375 ˚F for 15-20 minutes.